The shooter who received bronze on the 2012 London Olympics is all set to tie the knot with Commonwealth Video games gold medallist pistol shooter Annu Raj Singh. The marriage ceremony, which will probably be held at a metropolis resort in Hyderabad on 21 April, is anticipated to be a personal one.
Each Gagan and Annu, who belongs to Faridabad and presently lives in Aligarh, have identified one another for twenty years, since they had been a part of the Indian taking pictures contingent, from completely different disciplines — Annu is an air pistol shooter whereas Gagan is a riffle shooter, which might, based on Gagan, is as completely different as a motorcycle and a automobile.
By the way, although neither one popped the proverbial query first, Annu had apparently been within the 2006 World Cup Gold Medallist for a very long time. “But I was focused on my academy and the sport and took some time to decide,” he explains, however not earlier than including that the very best factor that struck him about Annu was her simplicity. “Her approach to things is always positive.”
Whilst neither Gagan nor Annu made that much-needed first transfer, windfall determined to make it for them. “We’ve known each other for a long time, and as such, we know the ins and outs about each other,” explains Gagan.
“We’ve seen each other’s highs and lows, both professionally and personally. Our families too, meet often. But last year when my mother wasn’t feeling well Annu came down all the way from Aligarh to Hyderabad to take care of her.”
Then, throughout final yr’s lockdown, when every part got here to a standstill, Gagan and Annu sat down to contemplate the place their lives had been headed. In the intervening time, his mum started dropping hints of getting a daughter-in-law like her, too. And the remaining, as they are saying, is historical past.
“I too felt the same, although it was more of a passing thought. But eventually it was my mum’s call, and I endorsed it. So it was like a partial arranged marriage too,” reveals the soon-to-be groom.
However had Gagan received his method round it, he’d have fortunately additional delayed the wedding. “But my parents are growing old, and they’ve been insisting on my marriage,” he says, including that the marriage had received postponed final yr owing to the COVID-19 state of affairs. “But we think now is the right time.”
Curiously, this yr was to be a packed schedule for Gagan, who’s presently on a break from his work in Air India to arrange for his upcoming tournaments. Nevertheless, as per the newest information from him, the COVID state of affairs has ensured that his home calendar of tournaments stands cancelled. The Nationwide Federation is anticipated to roll out the calendar itinerary solely after the Olympics set to happen in July 2021.]
Thrilling, overwhelming and surreal
As soon as each Annu and Gagan’s households selected the marriage, one in every of Gagan’s first ideas, he tells us, was how they’d go about to getting ready for the marriage and the way it will all occur.
“She and I’ve been dillydallying on whether to hold the marriage in Delhi or Hyderabad. But we eventually zeroed in on the latter,” shares Gagan who additional reveals that the marriage will probably be an intimate one held in a standard method.
Whereas the pre-wedding festivities haven’t kicked off but, preparations akin to sending out invites, getting ready the visitor record and procuring has been on in full swing. However the pleasure is catching up, as additionally all of the butterflies-in-the-stomach emotions.
“The family is all excited as I am about to start a new chapter of my life, but yes, the thought of getting married is a bit overwhelming and surreal too,” provides Gagan with a chuckle.
Not ones to be left behind, Gagan’s mates have additionally began including to the texture of the brand new part setting into his life. For starters, they haven’t give up teasing Gagan about getting married. “Post marriage, don’t wait long hours till late night for your fiancé,” a few of them say as they tease him.
“Several of my friends in the academy tell me that life changes after marriage and they can’t stop pulling my leg, so it’s all a new experience,” he provides with a smile.
All of the innocent teasing and jostling apart, how is the rifle-shooting marksman getting ready for his married life? The innocence of his anticipation for what life is ready to convey him absolutely makes us smile as we want him the very best.
“Annu and I complement and support each other well and we have been friends too, and we don’t have to necessarily speak to communicate — we can even understand by gestures. And it surely makes life together slightly easier having a partner who’s also into sports. It’ll definitely help when it comes to preparation, having the right frame of mind before a tournament, being familiar with the hectic yet erratic schedules of sportsperson, as against normal partners who might find it difficult to understand these things. As for married life, I think everything has to be shared, so I am making a few adjustments in my house like cleaning half the cupboard for her clothes, packing, etc.,” says the shooter.